Tourists continue to flock Central Visayas

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - Cebu Examiner - (Fayette C. Riñen)

The Department of Tourism said local and foreign tourists continue to flock in central Visayas as it recorded over 3 million visitors the past 9 months alone.

Marlon Barrientos, of the Department of Tourism, said some 3,172,430 million tourists visited the region from January to September compared to 3,034,120 visitors of the same period last year.

It grew by 4.56%, he said, adding domestic tourists accounted for 1,808,730 million and foreign visitors reached 1,352,920 million.

He said Cebu province had the largest share of both the local and international tourists with 1,172, 219 million for domestic visitors, accounting for 65% and 1,140,136 million for foreign arrivals or equivalent to over 80%.

Negros Oriental province ranked second for the most visited province among local tourists with 384,809 followed by Bohol with 225,344, and Siquijor with 26,358. Bohol, however, was the preferred choice for foreign tourists after Cebu getting 115,330 visitors, with Negros Oriental at third spot with 77,138, and Siquijor with 20, 316 foreign tourists.

The top 10 foreign markets for Central Visayas are the following - Korea as the top visitor followed by Japan, United States, China, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, and Taiwan.

Barrientos said the data for the fourth quarter or from October to December would be released early next year, adding that the ranking would more or less be the same, relative to foreign market share.

He said the agency is now busy preparing for the Sinulog Festival 2016.

Simala Church in Sibonga, Cebu. (Cebu Examiner Photo)

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